A town of southeast France western of Nice. Probably established in Roman times, it was a completely independent republic inside twelfth century. The city is definitely noted for the perfume business. Population: 48,200.
Grasse, Comte François Joseph Paul de. Marquis de Grasse-Tilly. 1722?-1788. French naval officer who throughout the United states Revolution commanded the French fleet in Chesapeake Bay, thereby stopping British naval forces from aiding Cornwallis at Yorktown (1781).